What started as a close game, tied at 15 after one quarter, 35-31 for the Stags are the first half, quickly became a blowout after the halftime break, as the Stags came out and dominated the hapless Altas behind a then-career high 31 points by Calvin Abueva, and a then-career high by Ronald Pascual. Unfortunately, the 87-60 win did not come without a price as this was also the game where San Sebastian lost Jonathan Semira to an ACL-tear, after initial reports were optimistic. (Recap here)
UPHSD Player to Watch : Justine Alano is the Altas' second-leading scorer, averaging 8.5 points and a team-high 6.4 rebounds, impressive considering how he's probably the smallest of all the starting centers in the league. He'll have to somehow contain Ian Sangalang who's been putting up some monster numbers as of late, to which he say to Alano, "Good luck."
SSCR Player to Watch : Odds are the Altas will use the zone to try to stop the San Sebastian bigs, meaning the Stags will turn to Ronald Pascual to keep them honest. Though he's averaging around 30 percent from downtown overall, that number has climbed to 41 percent in the second round, on 13 out of 32 triples. If he's on target, this will be a long game for the host school.
Prediction: SSCR Stags